Saturday, 13 February 2010
Could baked Yorkshire rhubarb help beat cancer?
Scientists found baking British garden rhubarb for 20 minutes dramatically increased its levels of anti-cancerous chemicals
As a Yorkshire Lass, this article interested me, Rhubarb..Hmmmmmmm
Eating baked rhubarb could help fight cancer, research suggests.
Scientists found baking British garden rhubarb for 20 minutes dramatically increased its levels of anti-cancerous chemicals.
The chemicals, called polyphenols, could kill or prevent growth of cancer cells and could be used to develop less toxic treatments, even in cases where cancers have been resistant to other treatment.
It is the first time the benefits of British garden rhubarb, specifically a variety grown in South Yorkshire, have been studied.
Previous research has focused on Oriental medicinal rhubarb, which has been recognised for its health benefits and used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
'Current treatments are not effective in all cancers and resistance is a common problem,' said Dr Nikki Jordan-Mahy, of Sheffield Hallam University's biomedical research centre, which carried out the studies.
'Cancer affects one in three individuals in the UK so it's very important to discover novel, less toxic, treatments, which can overcome resistance.'
Academics hope to discover the best combination of rhubarb's polyphenols and chemotherapy agents needed to kill leukaemia cells.
The research was funded by the Centre for Food Innovation at Sheffield Hallam and the findings were published with the Scottish Crop Research Institute